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Memory serves version 1.2 released

Apr. 15th 2009

I’ve just released version 1.2 of Memory Serves.

Download the latest version here.

In addition to some minor bug fixes (like a problem adding records with non-ascii characters in the context field), version 1.2 of Memory Serves includes a new program called Memory Importer:

Memory Importer window

Uploading large memories or glossaries to Memory Serves would sometimes cause a time out error; you can use this application to import your translation memory (.ftm/.xml) and glossary (*.fgloss/.xml) files into Memory Serves, without worrying about time outs.

To launch Memory Importer, go to the Start menu, then select All Programs >> Memory Serves >> Memory Importer.

Next, simply select a memory or glossary file, then click Import. You can also edit the meta information about the memory, such as the source language, creator, or client, or add notes about the memory.

Note that you have to run Memory Importer on the computer where Memory Serves is installed. It can’t import memories over the network (yet).

About Memory Serves

Memory Serves is a free application that shares Felix translation memories and glossaries over a local network, allowing multiple translators to share their TMs/glossaries in real time. Translations added to the memory by one translator are available to the other translators instantly.

This is great when several translators are working on the same project, when you have a company-wide standard glossary, or any time you need to share a memory/glossary that is still being added to.

Memory Serves creates a Web server on your local machine using the open-source cherrypy framework. This server is visible within your LAN or VLAN only; it’s not visible to the entire Internet. The IP address it uses is that of your own computer.

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Memory Serves version 1.0 released

Jul. 31st 2008

I’ve just released version 1.0 of Memory Serves. There are a number of improvements over the early releases of Memory Serves. The main ones are listed below.

  • Browse memories and glossaries
  • Search memories and glossaries
  • Edit, delete, and view records
  • Utility to clear admin account if you forget your password*

* The utility can only be used from the host machine, and will only affect the account of the logged-on user.

About Memory Serves

Memory Serves is free program that shares Felix memories over the local network. This is useful when two or more translators are working collaboratively, and want to share the same translation memories/glossaries. It also makes it possible to manage your group’s translation memories in a central location.

Felix version 1.2 on the way

Barring a meteor strike to the Japanese archipelago, I’ll be releasing Felix version 1.2 tomorrow. This will enable networking goodness using Felix memories.

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Early releases: Felix 1.1.8 and Memory Serves 0.3

Jul. 25th 2008

I’ve got Felix working with Memory Serves now. There are still a couple of kinks to work out; for example, memories on the server aren’t fully integrated with the Memory Manager dialog in Felix. But normal memory and glossary searches are working, so I’m making this early release.

I expect to have the final release of Felix 1.2 and Memory Serves 1.0 within about a week, right on schedule. In addition to the network capability, I’m planning on adding a couple more improvements to Felix for the 1.2 release, along with some improvements to Memory Serves for the 1.0 release.

You’ll need the latest version of Memory Serves in order to use it from Felix, because I had to make a couple of changes to get them working together well.

Download Felix version 1.1.8 (6.7 MB)
Download Memory Serves version 0.3 (6.9 MB)

Using the Network Function

To connect to a memory on the server, copy the connection string for the desired memory/glossary in Memory Serves, then from the Felix File menu, select Connect… (you can do the same thing from the glossary window).

Felix Connect menu

The Connection Dialog appears. Copy in the connection string, and click OK.

Felix Connection Dialog

Now you should be able to use the networked memory just like an ordinary Felix memory.

There are still some kinks to work out before the official 1.2 release, but if you’d like a preview of the network function, I’d greatly appreciate any feedback and bug reports.

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Progress report: Memory Serves 0.2

Jul. 11th 2008

I was hoping to have an early release of Felix with support for Memory Serves memories by today, but unfortunately there is still a little bit of work to do. I’m leaving today for a trip with my family (going to climb Mt. Fuji with my son for his 10th birthday), so the release of Felix 1.1.8 will have to wait until sometime next week.

Memory Serves welcome screen
I did release Memory Serves version 0.2, however. The main change from version 0.1 is that there is now an admin account, which is needed to delete memories and shut down the server. When you first launch Memory Serves, it will prompt you to create an admin account.

Please note that installing version 0.2 will wipe out any memories/glossaries you had loaded in version 0.1, as the database schema has changed.

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Early release: version 0.1 of Memory Serves

Jul. 5th 2008

I’ve just released version 0.1 of Memory Serves. This is ahead of an early release of Felix version 1.2, planned for next weekend. Together, it’ll be possible to share Felix memories over a local network.

This early release of Memory Serves is in order to get feedback and hopefully uncover any problems running on different systems. Well, hopefully there won’t be any bugs to be found (and I’ll win the lottery), but we all know how likely that is. An early release gives me wiggle room to declare a “bug free” major release :).

That said, I have tested it fairly thoroughly on my own XP and Vista systems. Since it does include a built-in server, it’ll be interesting to see how various firewall and security settings deal with it.

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Progress report: Memory Serves

Jul. 2nd 2008

As I stated in my May development roadmap, this month I’m working on a server component for Felix. Development is going very well, and I should have an initial version of the server itself ready for release by this weekend. After that I’ll work on creating an interface to the server from Felix, and together with a couple more features, that’ll be the 1.2 release.

I’m calling the component Memory Serves. Not too creative I know — if you’ve got a better idea I’d love to hear it! It’ll be a separate download from Felix, and will be free. I’ll create a page for it along with the initial release.

The server will work as follows: it’ll launch a Web server on the local computer; you can use your web browser to configure the search preferences, upload Felix memory files, and so on. You can also “download” any of the memories/glossaries in Felix format, to use locally, email, or whatever. Also, anyone on the local network can access this server, and upload/download memories, etc. For the small collaborative groups I’m envisioning, this shouldn’t be a problem, but if you’ve got a use case that calls for permission levels (like who can add/delete a memory), please let me know.

Memory Serves memories page

From Felix, you’ll then be able to connect to the memories/glossaries on the server from any computer on your local network, using the connection string for each memory/glossary. From there, it will be just like using a local memory, except that you won’t have to worry about saving your memory: the server will handle that automatically.

I’m planning to make early releases of both the server and version 1.2 of Felix, in order to see if users can uncover any problems before I make the official release later this month.

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